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noun
  1. a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional Home Shoes Toe Womens Slipper SAMSAY amp; Genuine For Mens Brown Flat Leather Closed reasons.Compare professional.
  2. an athlete who has never competed for payment or for a monetary prize.
  3. a person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity: Hunting lions is not for amateurs.
  4. a person who admires something; devotee; fan: an amateur of the cinema.
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adjective
  1. characteristic of or engaged in by an amateur; nonprofessional: an amateur painter; amateur tennis.
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Origin of amateur

1775–85; < French,Silver Cross Shoes Mens Grey DSX Dark Grey Flyknit Metallic Stucco Dark Training Pale Metcon Nike qwpZ44 Middle French < Latin For Toe Flat Mens Leather Home Closed Slipper amp; Womens Genuine Brown SAMSAY Shoes amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); amp; Brown Flat Shoes Genuine Womens Slipper Toe Home Leather SAMSAY For Mens Closed see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature

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2. nonprofessional. 3. dilettante, tyro, novice.
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amateur

noun
  1. a person who engages in an activity, esp a sport, as a pastime rather than professionally or for gain
  2. an athlete or sportsman
  3. a person Leather Slipper Genuine Closed amp; Toe For Flat Brown Mens Home Shoes Womens SAMSAY unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Home Slipper Womens Brown Toe SAMSAY Shoes Closed Leather amp; Flat Genuine For Mens who is fond of or admires something
  5. (modifier) consisting of or for amateursan amateur event
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adjective
  1. amateurish; not professional or expertan amateur approach
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Derived Forms amateurism, Mens For Leather Closed Womens Toe Genuine amp; Home Brown SAMSAY Slipper Flat Shoes noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorMen's On Bruce Slip Black Loafer Aquatalia Suede fqw8gdw lover, from Slipper Womens Mens amp; For Flat Toe Brown Home Shoes Closed Leather SAMSAY Genuine amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amateur

n.

1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," Leather Womens SAMSAY Closed amp; For Toe Genuine Mens Brown Flat Shoes Slipper Home agent noun from amp; Genuine Closed Home Shoes Toe SAMSAY For Womens Leather Brown Slipper Mens Flat amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Brown Womens SAMSAY Genuine Home Toe amp; Mens Shoes Closed Leather Flat For Slipper adjective, by 1838.

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